By Saikat Mandal

17th Jul, 2022 | 11:40am

AC Milan look to avoid auction with Leeds United in Charles De Ketelaere transfer chase

Serie A giants AC Milan are looking to avoid Leeds United in an auction battle for Charles De Ketelaere, according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian newspaper reported on 17 July (printed edition, page 2), that Milan are set to improve their offer to land the highly-rated Belgium youngster who could play for the last time today for Club Brugge.

He will feature in the Belgian Super Cup on Sunday (17 July) and after the game, his fate will be decided, with AC Milan increasingly confident of landing him.

The Whites still hold a monetary advantage, with Corriere Della Sera reporting on 14 July [page 42] that the Yorkshire club had submitted a bid of £31.2million which would be a new club record signing should it go through.

While the player personally prefers a move to Italy, Brugge are looking to get the best deal out of his sale.

GDS suggests that Milan are expected to make an offer in the next few hours and they hope to wrap up the deal in the next few days.

Chance fading?

The situation is very delicate at the moment. The player wants to play for a big club like Milan, but the offer from Leeds is more profitable for the Belgium club.

This has been a massive transfer window for the Whites, but they are not done over yet. The club have money burning a hole in their pocket following the big-money departure of Raphinha.

They have the money to spend to bring in more new players. If Jack Harrison also leaves (who knows?), the club would further delve into the market for replacements.

Phil Hay wrote on July 13 that Leeds are prepared to meet any demands set by the 21-year-old, but whether it would be enough to beat Milan in the race remains to be seen.

Marsch probably will look for a new attacker following the departure of Raphinha, and De Ketelaere would be an exciting signing for the club.

The next few days are crucial in this tug-of-war race and the balance could shift either way.

In other Leeds United news, we still hold a good advantage in this particular transfer race even though a third bid is coming in from these European champions.